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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But preliminary investigation by infrared spectroscopy of the lipids in the sorghum grains suggest the possibility of some cultivation.
▪ In the surrounding fields, men and women harvest maize, sorghum and groundnuts.
▪ On the land On about 20 acres a few miles from the farmstead grow the sunflower and sorghum used in Pipestem gifts.
▪ Reduced to one small plate of sorghum a day, all her children are suffering from diarrhoea.
▪ Staple food crops are maize, sorghum and wheat.
▪ The road cut through a vast cropland, with waist-high corn and sorghum nearby and waves of golden millet in the distance.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sorghum \Sor"ghum\, n. [NL., probably of Chinese origin.] (Bot.)

  1. A genus of grasses, properly limited to two species, Sorghum Halepense, the Arabian millet, or Johnson grass (see Johnson grass), and S. vulgare, the Indian millet (see Indian millet, under Indian).

  2. A variety of Sorghum vulgare, grown for its saccharine juice; the Chinese sugar cane.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"Indian millet," 1590s, from Modern Latin Sorghum, the genus name, from Italian sorgo "a tall cereal grass," probably from Medieval Latin surgum, suricum (12c.), perhaps a variant of Latin syricum "Syrian," as in Syricum (gramen) "(grass) of Syria," from Syria, a possible source of the plant or its grain in ancient times.


n. A cereal, (taxlink Sorghum vulgare species noshow=1) or ''Sorghum bicolor'', the grains of which are used to make flour and as cattle feed.

  1. n. economically important Old World tropical cereal grass

  2. made from juice of sweet sorghum [syn: sorghum molasses]


Sorghum is a genus of plants in the grass family. Seventeen of the twenty-five species are native to Australia, with the range of some extending to Africa, Asia, Mesoamerica, and certain islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

One species is grown for grain, while many others are used as fodder plants, either intentionally cultivated or allowed to grow naturally, in pasture lands. The plants are cultivated in warm climates worldwide and naturalized in many places. Sorghum is in the subfamily Panicoideae and the tribe Andropogoneae (the tribe of big bluestem and sugarcane).

Sorghum (disambiguation)

Sorghum is a cultivated cereal. The genus Sorghum contains the crop and its wild relatives:

  • Commercial sorghum, sorghum and its general uses
  • Sorghum bicolor, the principal modern crop species of Sorghum
  • Sweet sorghum, any of the varieties of the sorghum plant with a high sugar content

Sorghum may also refer to:

  • Camp Sorghum was a Confederate States Army prisoner of war camp in Columbia, South Carolina during the American Civil War

Usage examples of "sorghum".

It would be more desirable, usually, to make the first cutting from alfalfa into ensilage than later cuttings, because of the showery character of the weather at that season, but the strong objection stands in the way of doing so, that no carbonaceous food, as corn, sorghum or soy beans, is ready for going into the silo then as they are later, with a view of aiding in the better preservation of the ensilage and of making a better balanced ration.

A good enough solution to have diversified into five hundred genera, five thousand species: corn, wheat, rice, bamboo, sorghum, reed, oats, timothy, fescue, Kentucky blue.

First it was wheat and sorghum, then the dust bowl, and after that they replanted in feed corn and now gasohol corn.

He also had a basinful of my reactions to my few days on the Kenyan coast, what I felt about the wonderful green lush fertility, the wide brown rivers, the atrocious roads, the contrasts between glitzy wealth and mud-hut poverty, the small holdings with a stand of bananas and the huge prairie-like fields of sorghum, pineapples and sisal presumably owned by the giants of international agri-business.

It may be pastured in the spring for several weeks, and the land then plowed and sowed with millet or rape, or planted with corn, sorghum, late potatoes, or certain vegetables, or it may be allowed to grow for several weeks and then plowed, to be followed by one or the other of these crops.

Indian corn, sorghum, clover, leguminous plants, crops of the brassica genus, the cereals, millet, field roots, etc.

Beneath a faint touch of fruitiness like the aroma of a blossoming pear tree, I met in successive layers the tastes of black olives, aged Gouda cheese, pine needles, new leather, miso soup, either sorghum or brown sugar, burning peat, library paste, and myrtle leaves.

When fed to milch cows, some meal added, carbonaceous in character, as corn or non-saccharine sorghum seed, may prove a paying investment, and it may also be advisable to alternate the green alfalfa, morning or evening, with such other green crops as oats and peas, millet, rape, corn or sorghum when in season, to provide variety.

North, and the same crops in the South, with the addition of cow peas, soy beans and the non-saccharine sorghums.

Nya grinned and led him away from the picnickers, past a clump of mesquite, towards a weathered outhouse half hidden by thick stalks of wild sorghum.

The second sheaf of burning sorghum landed right at the foot of the stook and soon flames were shooting up from it twenty feet into the air.

They should, therefore, be made to precede such crops as the small cereals, corn, the sorghums, the millets and cotton.

Sorghum got a shock that sent him crashing back on his heels into some of the deep-driven rods.

It was sweet and had thickened up so that it was not much runnier than sorghum, nor much clearer.

Headlights out, they rolled past cottonwoods and watertanks and on to a dirty road between the pueblo and fields of barley and sorghum.